2015 Troy Turkey Trot 10K

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving! This year, I made a pie for my family’s Thanksgiving get-together. It was a maple-pumpkin with a streusel topping and it came out fantastic! It was my first time making a pumpkin pie and I’ll definitely keep this recipe around for next year.

Before festivities began, I got up early to get ready for the Turkey Trot 10K! Since I’m living in Troy again, it was a must-do! For my warm up, I ran to the start where I waited to run into friends. After wandering around for about 15 minutes, I got in the 10 minute mile corral and  finally spotted Kathleen. We chatted for about 5 minutes before the race started.

I had no big plans for it, just to run and hoping to come in under an hour! With a first mile clocking in at 10 minutes, and feeling good, I decided to race and keep my pace under a 10 minute mile. I felt great despite running 6 miles with the ARE on Wednesday night at SUNY.

Running the 10K has its benefits: it starts at 8:00 so you are done early and can get ready for Thanksgiving earlier and it’s a lot less crowded than the 5K!

I love the race analysis feature on Strava.

TTTGood to know that my Garmin watch is pretty accurate–it was only 9 seconds off from my actual race time.


Immediately after crossing the finish line I spotted the friends that I was looking for at the start! Everyone had a great race! It was awesome.

Next up: the Hot Chocolate 5K in Northampton!

After the Turkey Trot I headed home to get ready for Thanksgiving! Jordan, his mom and I all went to my parents for an early dinner -my parents like to do the Thanksgiving Lunch! And everyone loved my pie!

How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

Last month I had an blog post published in the Healthy Professor’s Times Union Blog called Don’t Fear the Squash. It’s about the health benefits of squash and some cooking tips. Check it out !

Squash is one of my favorite sides on Thanksgiving. But so is the pie! And this time of year is when it’s tough for many people to keep up with their healthy habits, myself included. It seems like there are cookies and pies everywhere and avoiding them gets harder and harder.

Here are some small tips to make it a little easier to get through the holidays.

Choose healthier sides

One year for thanksgiving I made a healthier version of the classic green bean casserole with fresh green beans. You could also make a green salad and load your plate up with fresh vegetables, along with smaller helpings of the more unhealthy sides. Vegetables provide fiber  that will fill you up, along with important vitamins and minerals.

Don’t drink your calories


If you still want to enjoy adult beverages on Thanksgiving, opt for a cocktail made with calorie-free seltzer, rather than a sugary juice or soda. You could also choose a slice of pie over a heavy beer, since you don’t always have pumpkin pie–you can have beer any time of year!

Participate in a Turkey Trot

Many towns have annual Turkey Trots on Thanksgiving morning with many different distances. Getting out and being active is great any day, but even better on a day when you will probably be eating and sitting more than usual. It’s also a fun tradition to start with your family!

Remember, being healthy is a journey–you can still enjoy the pie, but it’s the small things that add up over time that produce results! Nobody is perfect 100% of the time, but small changes can make a difference. I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!

Mountain Biking at the Mohonk Preserve

Last week Jordan and I had a rare day off–so we decided to go down to New Paltz to mountain bike at the Mohonk Preserve. The park borders Minnewaksa, where I ran the half marathon last weekend.


Mountain biking is only permitted on the carriage trails, and paying the $17 biking fee for a day pass gets you access to the trails at Mohonk as well as Minnewaska! We got there too late in the day to check out all the trails, but we did ride on the main carriage trail along the ledge. It was gorgeous!



Also, we saw many people rock climbing ! Pretty cool, but not something I would ever try. I like to stay on the ground..



The sun started going down as we were finishing our ride. It was so pretty.


We also rode a trail that lead to Minnewaska, which had a pretty stream alongside it.


Since it had just rained, the trails were wet, so we got a bit muddy. Still fun, though! The preserve is only 1.5 hours south of Albany right outside of New Paltz. We got dinner afterward at Bacchus in the village.


Definitely well-deserved after mountain biking.


2015 After the Leaves Have Fallen Half Marathon

Sunday I ran the After the Leaves Have Fallen Half Marathon for the second time! I raved about this race last year due to the gorgeous scenery and this year it did not disappoint! We had chilly weather because it was a little breezy but once I started running, I was fine.


This race is held at Lake Minnewaska State Park Preserve and runs through the Shawangunk Ridgeline. Beautiful!



The course also loops around Lake Awosting and Lake Minnewaska.


Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 8.17.47 AMI think the race ran in the opposite direction this time. The first half went up the mountain. Yikes. There was a total elevation gain of 1,012′ — and after a few months off from serious hiking I could tell because it was a struggle.

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Last year my time was 2:43:15–this year I finished in 2:34:12–still one of my slowest races, but my goal was to just have fun and enjoy the views.






{A view from the beginning of the race–one of the many!}

I love this park, I’m planning on coming back here to mountain bike and snowshoe!


Solo Hike to Owls Head Mountain

Last weekend Jordan and I attended a wedding up in Lake Placid. Of course I had to stop and pull over on the side of the road to enjoy the views of my favorite peaks. Sometimes I just stare at them and think–wow, I can’t believe I’ve climbed most of those! They look so big, even from far away.

On the way home I stopped at one of my favorite hikes, Owls Head, in Keene. I hiked it with my parents last summer and knew it was easy (it was a spur of the moment decision). I happened to have a pair of hiking boots in my car. Jordan and I had separate vehicles so I was on my own, but it was totally worth it.



The trip up to Owls Head took me 30 minutes, since it was only .6 miles one way. A great way to end a really awesome weekend in my favorite spot.

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